Premier Communication Electronics (PCE), a specialist radio and vehicle installation company based on Sowton, Exeter, attended this year’s Emergency Services Show held at the NEC Birmingham to highlight the necessity of being ESN ready and to demonstrate their pedigree in blue light vehicle installations.
ESN, or the Emergency Services Network, is preparing for a complete change in structure with the introduction of complete interoperability, and the provision of an integrated critical voice and broadband data service right across all the emergency services.
Over the two days the PCE stand was visited by many people curious to see PCE’s state of the art demonstration vehicle with full covert lights, sirens and communication equipment, all controlled via a tablet or hard wired switches. Although the Cabinet Office has yet to deliver all the final ESN details, the change is inevitable and already the industry is making preparations for this huge communication project.
As Karen Langley, CEO of PCE, sits on many national forums and committees, including those attended by the Cabinet Office. It places PCE in a key position to be ready when the ESN system is deployed and indeed the company has been called upon to help to develop, plan and deliver strategies on a number of occasions.
PCE’s engineering vehicle installation team are IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) and FITAS – the FCS Installer Training and Accreditation Scheme, accredited. These independent verifications continually assess individual installers’ ability to work to high industry standards with strict independent audits within the workplace.
During the upcoming ESN implementation program PCE can deploy its workforce within its own secure bespoke workshops or at their clients’ own premises. Dedicated to providing voice and data service to blue lights organisations, PCE will remain up-to-date with all the future technology to provide quality managed services to existing and future public safety organisations.
PCE’s engineers were the first in the UK to achieve the FITAS standard, with their Head Office in Exeter recently named as the first FITAS Training Academy in the UK. Another accolade achieved this year was the obtainment of ISO27001 confirming the company’s high level of security.
Karen Langley has said “The show has always proved to be a useful event to exchange information and see the advancements in technology within the emergency services. Held at the NEC, Birmingham, it is the largest event of its kind, attracting visitors from the UK and Europe. PCE also provided the radio communications system for the show organisers Broden Media, providing coverage throughout the NEC”.